The Rabbits Could Sing


Amber Flora Thomas

The Rabbits Could Sing

Amber Flora Thomas

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

67 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781602231597 Published February 2012
E-book $7.00 to $14.95 ISBN: 9781602231603 Published February 2012

The poems included in The Rabbits Could Sing delve farther into territory that Amber Flora Thomas visited in her prize-winning book Eye of Water, showing even more clearly how “the seam has been pulled so far open on the past” that “the dress will never close.” Here, the poem acts not as a body in itself but as a garb drawn around the here and now. Loss, longing, and violation are sustenance to a spirit jarred from its animal flesh and torn apart, unsettling the reader with surprising images that are difficult to forget. The poems in The Rabbits Could Sing invite the reader into a world thick with the lush bounty of summer in the far north, where the present is never far from the shadow of the past.


    In August
    To a Reader
    The Chipped Bowl
    Take Off the Yellow Slicker
    Three Windows
    Migraine Confessional
    When You Rise You Do Not Drown
    Woman on Shore
    Penny’s Gallon
    Summer Mold
    Conversation with the Sculptor
    Self-Portrait in the Tide
    Come in from the Sky
    Black Dog
    Killing the Rabbit: Ars Poetica
    Thinking in Front of a Mirror
    Era of a Happy Heart
    Biology Lesson
    More Light Because Her Shadow Shook
    In the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
    Dear Reader
    Then You Fled the Room
    Heart with Interior View
    Two Horses
    The Killed Rabbit
    Inside the Pleiades
    Bull Frog
    Sometimes Oranges
    Regarding Mercy
    Prayer Found in Water Pouring Down a Bus Window
    Ultrasound Aubade
    Cavity in the Rubenesque Façade
    April Spill-Off
    Parenting the Void
    Bird Leaving a Branch
    Meditation on Four West
    From Her Lips to God’s Ears
    Girl in the Woods
    Hare in My Garden
    Pelvis with the Distance
    The Get Away

Biographical Note
Review Quotes
Eloise Klein Healy, author of The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho  and  Artemis In Echo Park

“Thomas has such a fine eye for details that even the ordinary task of carrying shopping bags into the house is made marvelous by her attention to the heft of groceries. . . . . The redeeming fact Thomas comes back to time and time again is that our life is ours and it is made better by the attention it can be paid.”

ForeWord Reviews

“With The Rabbits Could Sing, Amber Flora Thomas continues her upward arc in the world of poetry. . . Readers of modern poetry and lovers of nature should find much to enjoy in this collection, wherein the rabbits sing, and they sing beautifully.”

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